I’m thrilled to announce that GiveLiveExplore is publishing Chicago-based humorist Stephen Markley’s new book: Tales of Iceland or “Running with the Huldufólk in the Permanent Daylight.”

The book is about three Americans (Stephen, myself, and our friend Mike) and their travels through Iceland in June 2012. We’re describing it as the “fastest, funniest, true tale of an American experience in Iceland” and “required reading for anyone wishing to visit this strange, remarkable, and beautiful country.”

It’s the book we wish existed before our trip to Iceland, and it’s developing into our call to action for everyone to visit this strange, remarkable, and beautiful place. Steve is a fantastic writer, and if you enjoyed his RedEye blog posts while we traveled Iceland, you will love the story (and you know at least one of the characters…). Just a fair warning: the language isn’t as wholesome as mine here at GiveLiveExplore. So as long as you’re not easily offended, I encourage you to check it out when it’s available.

[Plus, the book passed the ultimate test: my mom. She texted me while reading it to confess she was “LOLing.” So just like Kix cereal, it’s Kid Tested, Mother Approved.]

The book will be available in mid-April 2013 on all the major ebook platforms, including Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iBookstore, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, and Kobo. We also plan to make it available on Emma.is, a startup ebook platform in Iceland.

Here’s the Tales of Iceland Book Description:

When American author Stephen Markley was a fresh-faced, impressionable university student in Ohio, he saw Quentin Tarantino describe to Conan O’Brian a trip he’d taken to Iceland.

Supermodels working at McDonald’s,” said Tarantino.

Markley would never forget those words.

Nearly seven years later, a professional success bordering on coming back around to being a failure, Markley set out with two friends for Iceland, and Adventure would ensue. The three young men found a country straddling Europe and the United States, recovering from its 2008 economic crisis, struggling to regain its national identity, influenced by the entire globe yet trafficking in its singular myths and legends.

From drinking late into the night with gorgeous Icelandic blondes to traveling to the farthest reaches of the country, hiking over glaciers, to encountering a drunk, raging Kiefer Sutherland, interviewing Jon Gnarr, the comedian mayor of Reykjavík (who ran on a platform of having free towels at all the swimming pools), to tours of where the Icelandic elves live, Markley brought back the fastest, funniest memoir of an American experience in Iceland. Tales of Iceland is required reading for anyone wishing to travel to this strange, beautiful, and remarkable country.

For more information, visit TalesofIceland.com.

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